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    when a person resembles one parent

    I want to express the idea that a person look like and behaves like one parent.

    Does this work? If not, how can I express the idea?

    Most of Jack's DNA came from his father's side. He looked like him and had similar personality traits as his father.

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    Re: when a person resembles one parent

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    I want to express the idea that a person looks like and behaves like one parent.

    Does this work? If not, how can I express the idea?

    Most of Jack's DNA genes came come/are from his father's side. He looked like him and had similar personality traits as to his father him.
    See above.

    Remember the golden rule:
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    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: when a person resembles one parent

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post

    Most of Jack's DNA came from his father's side. He looked like him and had similar personality traits as his father.
    I can't resist quibbling with that, although my objection has nothing to do with English. We get half of our DNA from each of our parents (ignoring the very small amount of mitochondrial DNA, which we get only from our mothers.)

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    Re: when a person resembles one parent

    I am not a teacher.

    Jack is a chip off the old block.
    Jack is the spitting image of his father.
    Jack takes after his father.
    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    Voilà.

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    Re: when a person resembles one parent

    Jack bears a remarkable resemblance to his father.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: when a person resembles one parent

    I am not a teacher.

    The phrase "to be a carbon copy of someone" is quite contemporary.
    Jack is a carbon copy of his father.
    I am not a teacher but a world nomad.

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    Re: when a person resembles one parent

    You are taking a rather long view of the meaning of "contemporary". Carbon paper was used in the offices I worked in fifty years ago, but it's practically extinct nowadays.

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    Re: when a person resembles one parent

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    You are taking a rather long view of the meaning of "contemporary". Carbon paper was used in the offices I worked in fifty years ago, but it's practically extinct nowadays.
    A friend of mine went into an office supply store and asked where the carbon paper was. The clerk said, "In back, next to the dinosaur food."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: when a person resembles one parent

    I can still see carbon papers these days.
    That clerk was rude and should be given the pink slip.
    I am not a teacher but a world nomad.

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    Re: when a person resembles one parent

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I can't resist quibbling with that, although my objection has nothing to do with English. We get half of our DNA from each of our parents (ignoring the very small amount of mitochondrial DNA, which we get only from our mothers.)
    Quite.

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